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A return to order

Fry wrote to Vanessa Bell in 1916:

I'm at last throwing off the impressionism you infected me with and I'm getting back to a sort of idea of construction I've always had when I've been myself. I am myself again now you know after all those years of not being.

Letter from Roger Fry to Vanessa Bell, 16 June 1916

Sketch in a letter from Roger Fry to Vanessa Bell, 12 Sep 1925
© Annabel Cole

Sketch in a letter from Roger Fry to Vanessa Bell, 12 Sep 1925

Elne from Ten Architectural Lithographs In the 1920s Fry's painting returns to a more representational style. Like Bell and Grant and other artists throughout the world, he felt the need to express a sense of order and simplicity after the chaos and horror of the First World War. He spent much of his time living and painting in the South of France at Cassis where Bell and Grant were staying.

Although working alongside Bell and Grant, Fry's artistic concerns began to move away from theirs. He became increasingly interested in creating a strong sense of design in his work and also with the depiction of three-dimensional form. These aims can be seen in the series of lithographs he published in 1930 based on the interior of French churches, Ten Architectural Lithographs, where the solidity and structure of the arches, vaulted ceilings and interior spaces is very apparent.

Roger Fry, Elne from Ten Architectural Lithographs, 1930
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